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The figures were part of the latest publication in a series of Census 2011 reports by the Central Statistics Office.
The statistics also reveal that there were more atheists than Church of Ireland adherents in both counties.
In Westmeath, some 75,432 people representing 87.5 percent of the population were Catholic, an increase of 5.5 percent since 2006.
[Source: Westmeath Independent]
A crowd of people braved inclement weather recently to attend the annual I.R.A. Commemoration in Saltmills.
The event took place at the memorial statue located near St. Kearns. Among those in attendance was local man, Michael Whelan, who read the Proclamation. The organizers expressed gratitude to everyone who attended – especially in view of the fact the weather wasn’t ideal.
The commemorative ceremony is one of the longest established in the district and pays tribute to a number of local men who were killed following an explosion in October 1920.
[Source: Wexford Echo]
Cross-examination has been continuing at a murder trial in the Central Criminal Court of a detective dealing with C.C.T.V. footage of suspects.
Det. Garda (police) Michael McGrath was being questioned by a barrister representing a Wicklow man charged with murdering a young father at his Dublin home in March 2009.
Garrett O'Brien (35), of Clover Hill in Bray, is on trial accused of shooting dead father-of-two Séamus O'Byrne in front of his girlfriend and baby son.
[Source: Irish Examiner]
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